Program Summary
Show me a better way to control my HVAC expenses and my indoor air quality

What every PG&E commercial customer needs to know about PG&E’s Commercial HVAC Optimization Program.

It’s a high standard in quality and cost savings

PG&E’s Commercial HVAC Optimization Program utilizes the HVAC industry standard (ANSI/ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180), which supports minimum and consistent HVAC inspection and maintenance requirements that preserves a system’s ability to achieve acceptable thermal comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality in commercial buildings. Your qualifying HVAC units will receive regular, quarterly servicing that goes well above routine maintenance to optimize the equipment’s’ performance and longevity.

PG&E will pay the customer up to $3,836, per unit, based on the unit size, age and presence of an economizer, to offset the incremental cost of the upgraded quality maintenance service agreement. Three levels of incentives provided through the HVAC Optimization Program give you options.

Gold Tier HVAC Optimization

Gold Tier is the core program for customers that have signed a three-year Optimization Program maintenance agreement with a participating contractor. It offers the maximum program incentives, per unit, and pays out incentives as follows:

Incentives for Gold Tier Customers
When units are brought to a baseline:
(Energy Efficient State)
45%*
After year 2 35%*
After year 3 20%*
*Percentage of total available incentives


Should you choose the Gold Tier of service you will receive more incentives during the “baseline” period (first inspection) when most repairs to your units need to made. By providing you more incentives at the beginning of your maintenance agreement the program can help offset more of the costs associated with participating.

Silver Tier HVAC Optimization

Silver Tier is for customers that have signed a one-year Optimization Program maintenance agreement with a participating contractor. It offers 45% of the total incentives offered to Gold Tier participants. Silver Tier participants will receive two payments, one when units reach the program’s baseline status, the other after the fourth quarterly service. Silver Tier participants are eligible to upgrade to Gold Tier after the first year.

Incentives for Silver Tier Customers
When units are brought to a baseline:
(Energy Efficient State)
25%*
After year 1 20%*


Enhanced Ventilation Controls (EVC)

Add enhanced ventilation control to your packaged HVAC unit. EVC kits add variable speed, CO2 sensors and ADECs to existing packaged HVAC units. These retrofit add-on technologies can reduce the ventilation rate and outside air when the conditioned space is occupied by fewer people than the design capacity. This is a good energy-efficiency measure for conditioned spaces with highly-variable or low occupancy.

How to get Started:

  • 1

    Contact a local, participating contractor, to schedule an in-person assessment of your rooftop HVAC systems, who will explain the program and perform an inventory of your HVAC units to determine their size and eligibility.

  • 2

    You and your contractor will develop a maintenance plan and service agreement. Your contractor will also help you apply for the program.

  • 3

    Your contractor will perform the initial service work required to bring your units up to the Program standard. Over time, your contractor will perform periodic service to maintain your units according to the Program standard.

Did You Know?


The Commercial HVAC Optimization Program is designed for rooftop package and split-system units, and can help to lower your HVAC operating, repair and replacement costs, and to minimize system failures that can threaten business operations.

Did You Know?


You can save even more! PG&E offers your business many ways to save. Get more information on PG&E’s Energy Efficiency Programs and incentives by visiting pge.com/moneybacksolutions.

Did You Know?


Customers who participate in the Gold Tier of the Commercial HVAC Optimization Program can receive up to $3,836 in incentives per unit!

Did You Know?


Customers who switch from a “service only when needed” plan to the Commercial HVAC Optimization Program can save up to $500/year/unit* in operating, servicing and repair costs! Even customers who operate with a regular “check-based” plan could save up to $260/year/unit*.

*Values reflect national average based on a 10-ton cooling capacity unit.

Did You Know?


In Northern California, one-third of a typical commercial building’s energy usage comes from HVAC systems1 and PG&E’s Commercial HVAC Optimization Program can
help you lower HVAC operating costs.

1 CEUS 3/2006 Report

Did You Know?


The Commercial HVAC Optimization Program offers Incentives, paid directly to the customer and the contractor, to help offset the incremental cost of the Optimization service agreement! Find a Participating Contractor to get started!

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